Our Founder’s story
A New Dimension of Hope (NDHope) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado. Our founder, Ebenezer Norman, was born and raised in Liberia. As a teenager, he moved to the U.S. to pursue higher education. On a 2010 visit to Liberia’s capital of Monrovia, Norman was inspired to found an organization that would educate the children of Liberia to globally competitive standards. He named it “A New Dimension of Hope” in recognition of NDHope’s cornerstone philosophy: it is only through true ownership that the cycle of poverty may be broken.
In 2015, NDHope had its first success with the opening of its inaugural school in Troyah Town, a rural community with no educational facilities. The new school served 102 primary-age students with a free education and daily meals and received much support from educational advocates in Liberia. Just one year later, the entire Troyah Town community was displaced and the school demolished by the government on the grounds that the entire settlement was located on University of Liberia property. The school was not Troyah Town’s only loss- many residents also lost their homes and possessions.
Despite this setback, NDHope has remained dedicated to its goal of creating a scalable, multidimensional educational initiative. Since 2016, Norman has focused on funding opportunities, building his organizational network in Liberia, and, most importantly, spreading the NDHope message. The second NDHope school is slated to be fully constructed by spring of 2019 in the community of Mehmeh Town; it will open to students at the start of the school year in September 2019.
We invite those who share in the belief that education is one of the building blocks of national development to explore NDHope and learn about the deep commitment of the Liberian people to sustainable change.